Literary Ames

British. Female. Bibliophile. Feminist.

Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo

Hug Me - Simona Ciraolo

‘They didn’t notice that all he wanted was a hug.’

A textured tactile cover and adorable pencil illustrations, but an anticlimactic ending ruined what I thought would be a resolution full of love and affection from the power of a simple hug.


Black sheep Felipe, the unloved and unwanted prickly cactus, is apt to harm anything he comes into contact with which limits the possibilities of who or what he can hug. Finally hugging a random crying rock just wasn’t as heartfelt or as meaningful as I was expecting.


A better, more emotional ending would’ve earned Hug Me a higher rating.


Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel

Are You My Mother? - Alison Bechdel

As an autobiographical sequel to Fun Home, Bechdel’s approach to analysing her relationship with her mother couldn’t be more different to how she examined the one with her father. If you have a problem with dry psychoanalysis, then you may struggle with Are You My Mother?


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The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

Fandemonium - Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie

Waste of paper. No, that’s not right. That’s offensive to the artists as the illustrations were brilliant, but there may as well have been no words. Seriously. Very little happens. At least very little that makes sense or contributes to plot progression. Only the last few pages have any real meaning with a humdinger of a cliffhanger that leaves you with multiple questions and countless theories.


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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham: Green Back Book (Dr Seuss - Green Back Book) - Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel

Reading Green Eggs and Ham to stubborn children is definitely a preferred alternative to torture. Introducing new foods to the very young can be a gruelling task, for parent and child alike. Seuss teaches that ‘new’ doesn’t automatically mean you’ll hate it. In that respect it kind of reminds me of The Croods with the ‘Anything new is bad’ ethos also being turned on its head.


Confession: this is my first Seuss. Yes, I went through my childhood without laying hands on single copy of the millions of Seuss books sold worldwide. At least give me points for reading one now. I can certainly see why he’s much loved. His delighful combination of the three Rs of poetry – rhythm, rhyme and repetition – are rather pleasing to the ear.


The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

The Stars Never Rise - Rachel Vincent

This is not The Hunger Games. I feel that distinction has to be made early on because I was very close to dismissing The Stars Never Rise as such and putting it down because the beginning is the same, albeit more brutally realistic. A neglectful mother who is rarely seen or heard, a big sister who has to do everything she can to put food on the table and clothes on their backs while also taking care of her younger sister. The Hunger Games was “just” a dystopia, this is also urban fantasy. Demons are walking the streets wearing humans like clothes while quietly consuming their souls.


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Better Days (Serenity #2.1) by Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews

Serenity: Better Days - Will Conrad, Brett Matthews, Joss Whedon

I don’t know why I bothered. The illustrations may be a little better but the disjointed and confusing short story and its implications definitely weren’t for me.


Serenity’s crew suddenly become filthy rich. For a while, anyway. And their ‘what I’d do if I were rich’ dreams were the only good thing about Better Days.


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But I Really Wanted to Be an Anthropologist by Margaux Motin

But I Really Wanted to Be an Anthropologist - Margaux Motin

Shallow, self-indulgent showing off. Look at my awesome Carrie Bradshaw life, designer shoes, cute daughter and long suffering husband. Envy me, bitches!


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Disabilism – The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime (BBC)

under the skin adam pearson scarlett JohanssonYes, that’s Scarlett Johansson. Adam Pearson in film Under the Skin (2013)


Before watching the BBC’s documentary The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime I had never heard of the term ‘disabilism’. Of course, I was well aware of despicable disability hate crimes reported in the news, but I’d never seen a prejudicial -ism mentioned in connection with them.


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Those Left Behind (Serenity #1) by Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews

Serenity: Those Left Behind - Will Conrad, Brett Matthews, Joss Whedon

Although I’ve only watched Firefly twice, I’ve seen Serenity countless times. While Those Left Behind‘s dialogue and personalities match the original show, the story lacks substance and the artwork . . .


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8 Tips for Decluttering Your Home

clutter when jenga takes on a whole new meaningHouse full of crap? Got nowhere to put new books, clothes or furniture? It’s time for a clearout!


If you’re playing Jenga every time you open a cupboard, you need to topple that tower and rid yourself of some of the building blocks. Don’t let procrastination prevent you from freeing yourself from the chaos of a  messy and claustrophobic home.


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Game of Thrones: A history of Ice and Fire {infographic}

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Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Luna

Alex + Ada Volume 1 - Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn

“I will gladly do anything you ask as long as it does not harm humans, animals, or property. I will avoid putting myself in danger unless it is to protect you or by your command. The Tanaka logo on my wrist is the only physical indication that I am an android and I am required by law to keep it exposed at all times. I am not allowed to handle legal tender or helm a vehicle, so please keep that in mind if you send me out on errands. I am in your hands, now. Please take good care of me.”

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What Pet Should I Get?: Dr. Seuss’s Go Set a Watchman

What Pet Should I Get? - Dr. Seuss

Dear Dr Seuss fans, a new treasure has been dug up, dusted off and reproduced for your enjoyment!


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Bookshop offering refunds for Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee

A lot of readers seem to be particularly upset with Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. So much so that it’s now socially acceptable to return this thoroughly read book if you bought it from Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Michigan.


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17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet

Raise your hand if you're a lifelong introvert. *waves hand* Then this is for you.


My favourites are below. The rest are on Buzzfeed here.


2. And peers who didn’t know you thought you were stuck-up.

17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet


Silently judging and being snobby are not always the same thing.


7. You dreaded the moment your teacher said “break into groups.”

17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet



10. Meanwhile, your report cards always had a note that said you needed “to participate more in class.”

17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet

17. And finally, you constantly got sarcastic remarks about how you “talk too much.”

17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet
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Apparently just being a good student isn’t enough.


New Logo, New Theme

Literary Ames logo


As I’m redecorating my home bit-by-bit, I thought I might as well redecorate the blog, too.


Ye Olde Logo and green theme background were too bright. I didn’t realise this fact as I use DimScreen on my laptop to prevent migraine. Shiny New Logo is less likely to blind unsuspecting readers.


Testing out themes wasn’t fun. I pretty much hated all of them. The ever popular “Twenty Thirteen” met most of my needs, though I now worry that the blog looks like everyone else’s now. (There are 1.6 million blogs using it.) As for logos, messing about creating a new one has been long and tedious, but I finally made one that wasn’t terrible.

So here it is.


Out with the old . . .


Goodbye, Reddle.


Literary Ames - old theme and logo

. . . in with the new.


Hello, Twenty Thirteen.


Literary Ames - new theme and logo



What do you think? Have I made a major mistake?


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